Dr Xinfang Wang PhD

Dr Xinfang Wang

School of Chemical Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

Energy System and Policy Analysis Group
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Xinfang is currently a Research Fellow on energy use and energy policy at the Energy Systems and Policy Analysis Group, University of Birmingham. She works on a list of projects, such as the EPSRC funded ‘Realising Energy Storage Technologies in Low-carbon Energy Systems’ (RESTLESS) and ‘Generation Integrated Energy Storage’ (GIES) projects, the Newton funded ‘Energy Storage Prioritisation in Mexico’, as well as an Energy Storage Innovation project as part of the SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub. She has also been working on Resilient Cities for the Institute of Global Innovation at the University of Birmingham. Her research not only covers developed countries, but also developing countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, Nepal and China. Xinfang is experienced in applying both qualitative and quantitative approaches in her research, including Social Network Analysis, causal loop model, innovation theory, social practice approach, cluster analysis and regression analysis.


  • PhD in Sustainable Consumption 2017
  • MSc (Distinction) in Finance and Economics 2011
  • BSc (First Class equivalent) in Economics 2010
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) affiliate since 2010


Xinfang has a background in energy, economics and policy. She completed her PhD entitled ‘Understanding the drivers behind high energy consumption within UK households: an interdisciplinary approach’ at the Tyndall Centre and Sustainable Consumption Institute in the University of Manchester before joining the University of Birmingham. She applied an interdisciplinary approach including social practices and cluster analysis to understand energy use in homes during her PhD.

Xinfang has experience working with policymakers, charities, business leaders and academics internationally. During her PhD, Xinfang also led a four-month research project, working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to explore why some people use much more energy at home than others despite their relative low income. Xinfang was also Faculty of Science and Engineering fellow of the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) and delivered guest lectures on Climate Change and Natural Disasters to Year 13 students at the MAP summer school. She has taught and helped with a variety of courses at the University of Manchester including microeconomics, macroeconomics, business economics, sustainable city, renewable energy, sustainable business enterprises and research methods.


Research interests

Xinfang’s broad-ranging research interests include consumer behaviour and practice theory, technology innovation and transition, multi-level governance, energy efficiency and fuel poverty.

Current projects

  • Realising Energy Storage Technologies in Low-carbon Energy Systems (RESTLESS);
  • Generation Integrated Energy Storage (GIES);
  • Energy Storage Prioritisation in Mexico;
  • Energy Storage Innovation;
  • Resilient Cities


  • Meng, M., Fu, Y. and Wang, X. (2018). Decoupling, decomposition and forecasting analysis of China's fossil energy consumption from industrial output. Journal of Cleaner Production 177: 752-759.
  • Meng, M., Fu, Y., Shi, H. and Wang, X. (2017). A small-sample adaptive hybrid model for annual electricity consumption forecasting. Mathematical Problems in Engineering 2017: 1-7.
  • Nordhagen, S., Calverley, D., Foulds, C., O'Keefe, L. and Wang, X. (2014) Climate change research and credibility: balancing tensions across professional, personal, and public domains, Climatic Change 125: 149-162.